Irwin firearm burglary: Geraldton detectives recover two stolen rifles as search continues for man

Jessica MoroneyMidwest Times
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Geraldton detectives have recovered two of three guns stolen from an Irwin property last week and are searching for man they believe can assist with inquiries.

Police allege on Monday, October 3, between 3pm and 5pm two people entered a home on Midlands Road in Irwin and stole three firearms from a gun safe.

Geraldton detectives searched a property in Wonthella on Friday, October 7, and allegedly located a Tikka .223 and Erma .22 Magnum rifle. Ammunition and electronic devices were also seized.

Acting officer-in-charge Detective Sergeant Simon Harrison said police were actively looking for the third stolen gun, described as a double-barrelled Beretta shotgun.

“Two people were involved; we’ve done a search of a property and found two firearms,” he said.

Det. Sgt Harrison said detectives were still making inquiries and believe Joshua Kenneth Penny can help police with their investigation.

Mr Penny is described as a 32-year-old male with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes.

Police have advised members of the public not to approach him as he may be armed.

“As a firearm is still missing, police request the public to remain vigilant but not alarmed and contact local police or Crime Stoppers,” Det. Sgt Harrison said.

At the time of publication, police were still looking for Mr Penny.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call police immediately on 131 444, or can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.

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